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Programming Sound with Pure Data by Tony Hillerson

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Chapter 1Introduction

This is a book about programming sound. Just as in any other programming book, in this book we’ll cover the technical skills and tools that will enable you to tell a computer how to do something—namely, make sound. But just as with any other programming language, good design is important. I don’t mean visual design; I mean careful thought and practice concerning “how things work.” So I don’t want you to think about yourself as a sound programmer; I want you to think of yourself as a sound designer.

Sound design is a practical art. Sound designers draw on an understanding of physical phenomena, technical knowledge, and intuition to create sound experiences. This book is about giving you the technical knowledge and providing ...

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